Governor Corbett visited the Central Pennsylvania Institute of
Science and Technology (CPI) today to announce the construction of a new, stateof-
the art facility for training workers in the natural gas and transportation
industries. This project is made possible through the recent release of a $2 million
Economic Growth Initiative grant.
The proposed 36,750 square foot training facility will house the Diesel Equipment
Maintenance, Heavy Equipment Operations, Commercial Driver's License and
Passenger Bus Operator programs. In addition, the new facility will house the
Centre Country Public Safety training center.
"With this new facility, CPI is taking a major step forward in training workers to
meet the high demand of companies in the natural gas and transportation
industries," Corbett said. "CPI is the only facility in the Commonwealth to offer
both Heavy Equipment Operations and Diesel Equipment Maintenance and Repair
postsecondary training, and is poised to lead the commonwealth in this emerging
This is the second grant that CPI has received from the commonwealth. In 2010, it
received a $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Program (RACP) grant for
infrastructure improvements associated with the construction of this new training
Construction on the new building will begin in July and is expected to last about a
The Economic Growth Initiative is an administration-sponsored economic
development program that provides local communities with grants for the
acquisition and construction of economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement
Last month, the Corbett Administration announced the award of 54 new Economic
Growth Initiative grants. These projects, totaling nearly $125 million, will create or
retain more than 56,000 jobs in 28 counties across the state.
Last year, Corbett reformed the state's method of funding redevelopment
assistance capital projects with a significant redesign, making the process more
transparent and objective. Projects are now selected based upon their job-creation
potential, their economic impact, as well as their viability and construction
For a full listing of approved projects, submission criteria, and more information,
visit the Budget Office online at www.budget.state.pa.us and select the
Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program link.
Media contact: Eric Shirk, 717-783-1116
Editor's note: For statutory and legislative purposes, the program will continue to
be known as the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.